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Cool What a Drag

St. John's has a peculiarly strong affection for drag queens.

It all started with the first officially gay-friendly establishment in the mid-1960s, and really took off when the first official gay bar opened in the early 1970s. Not bad for a city that, at the time, had fewer than 100,000 residents.

Local drag performers became household names in the LGBT community - and some, such as Tommy Sexton, went on to become national celebrities in mainstream society, performing on the hit comedy show CODCO.

Today, drag is almost a folk art in the city. Some kids learn traditional Newfoundland dances, others start experimenting with drag.

The numerous queens in the city come in all shapes, sizes, and styles - from comedy queens, to pageant queens, to true performance artists. There's a proper drag show at least once per month, and Ru Paul's Drag Race is aired at a straight sports pub. And, of course, some big names visit - Manila Luzon was here last year. Bianca del Rio gets here in a month.

It's always hilarious to me to see our little city listed alongside the big boys on their upcoming events pages:



Drag even turns up in the least likely places, such as an Easter celebration:

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So here's a look at some of the more famous sites of St. John's, complete with the omnipresent drag queen - our current reigning Miss.




















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